Nothing can be more impactful in creating a brand and generating sales than a product review program. Published reviews by magazines, news sites, technology publications and blogs alike bring credibility to the product. Reviews are serious business and a negative review can be devastating – don't jump the gun just to land a review only to have to do damage control later. So what do you need? Every successful review program (no matter how good the spin is) starts with a rock solid product that performs as billed. The role of the review program is to provide a forum to let the product speak for itself.

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CES 2018 is nipping at our heels – it’s only 10 weeks away. That means we’ve entered a critical time in planning the PR for your trade show presence. If you're looking for a great PR and marketing partner to guide you through CES, you can't beat Lages. We have a full spectrum of tech experience working alongside everyone from startups to billion dollar enterprises. Our years of experience will get you the media attention and analyst connections you are looking for. Leave it to Lages to make you the talk of the show!

Here, we’re outlining all the elements you'll need to make CES a success.

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Think about your favorite media outlets. You know, the ones that show up at the top of your Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter feeds every day. Now, picture them wanting to talk to you about your latest product launch/upgrade/channel partnership, etc. This is no pipe dream scenario – the right PR and marketing communications tactics will make this a reality. Are you ready? What will you say? Does the thought of connecting one-on-one with influential reporters and editors strike a bit of fear in you? Fear not.

We’re about to give you 5 tips to make your media interviews a breeze – and ensure that your message resonates. 

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Fall is here and the weather is changing – that means the year will soon come to a close. What better time than now to reflect on the notable achievements of the year – and look to the new market opportunities that are to come in 2018?

It’s such an exciting time to be in technology! This past year we saw adoption of smart home gadgets skyrocket, machine learning and virtual assistants go mainstream, automated cars began to share our roads with us, the sharing economy made many things ‘on-demand,’ and more.

No doubt you had your own big news and milestones in 2017. Now is the time to connect the dots, and tell your reflection story. 

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*Cue music* “It’s the finallllll countdown!” Pause…you can breathe (we have good news). You’re not in the final moments yet – but with Q4 nipping at our heels, it’s definitely countdown time to CES 2018. There are only 16 weeks to pull together all the key elements you'll need to make your CES a success.

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It’s an exciting time – you are prepping to launch a new product, your company direction has pivoted to reach a new market, you’ve secured funding, you have an amazing entrepreneurial story to share…the list goes on as to why you’ve engaged a public relations firm to guide you on getting the word out.

Before you jump in, it’s important to take a moment to consider the roles of all the players in the new adventure of connecting with media. It can’t be hard, right? People do it all the time from the cool start-up at your region’s most noted incubator to the established power players at Fortune 500 companies.

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Intuitively you believe all marketing activities, including PR, should support your sales program. Yet, you recall that PR has a higher calling and should remain in the domain of strategic corporate activities that center on shareholder value, goodwill, and corporate citizenship. Both views are right-on, as PR is a broad discipline and can be deployed to address many needs at multiple levels within a company.

But for now, let's focus on how PR can add value and shorten the sales cycle.

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You’ve seen it. You’ve probably found it useful or informative, and it has likely influenced your opinion on something – more than once. I’m talking about sponsored content – that is, content that appears to be editorial and often mimics the look and feel of the digital environment it  appears in, but has actually been paid for and provided by an outside company with an agenda.

This type of content initially started appearing 7 or 8 years ago thanks to new (at the time), edgy media companies (think Mashable, BuzzFeed) that favored sponsored content over traditional display advertising – and it’s definitely something to consider having in your company’s communications arsenal in 2017. 

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Doesn’t it seem like the 4th quarter happens quicker every year? That magical year end milestone is upon us and there is so much to do  to plan for 2017 while striving to hit your final goals for this year. If you’ve got CES on your calendar, then this is critical path time to rally the troops to ensure you hit the mark at the year’s biggest tech confab.

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When meeting with industry analysts from firms such as IDC, Gartner, Parks Associates, Forrester, 451 Research, and Aberdeen, many executives often question the value of time and energy vested in securing and maintaining these relationships.  While industry analysts may not write an article about a product’s features and performance for example, they do play a vital role in a strategic public relations program. It is important to know how industry analysts differ from the press and how you can make the most of these relationships, while tapping into their market intelligence on trends, issues and business development.

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